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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2015

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the conservation section of this website.  We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species: Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, Wall Brown, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Grayling and Small Heath.

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We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk.
email them to (please make sure you enter a subject) and they will appear below within a few days.
Clicking on this link should launch your usual email program.  If this does not seem to work just use the email address.

If you see a Brimstone this record will also be passsed to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project

Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
If you would like to contribute to the annual survey please read the notes on the Recording page.

Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 26 Thomas Crescent, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2HN or to

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Click for OS Map then click Leisure Name
  A message from our Chairman - Mike Dean on the home page      
27 Mar Peewit Hill Felixstowe  Scarce Tortoiseshell (Photos click here)   TM289338 Will Brame
26 Mar Looking out of my front room window at 5.20pm today, I spotted a Small White roosting on garden Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'. A surprise find as this is the earliest sighting of the species on the heath by me in 14 years of recording here.  There must have been warmer Springs during this time! Martlesham Heath TM2344 Steve Goddard
25 Mar Two Small Tortoiseshell seen from the riverside path at Walberswick harbour Walberswick   David & Margie Carter
20 Mar Two Small Tortoiseshells seen flying together in our front garden this afternoon.   TM230452 Jenny Plank
13 Mar Small Tortoiseshell this afternoon at Bucklesham Churchyard. Bucklesham   Robert Brown
10 Mar I had a Comma and a Peacock in my garden yesterday. Lowestoft TM522909 Bill Whybrow
10 Mar Saw a Speckled Wood today, at Landseer Park Ipswich, along with Commas, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells.  The Speckled Wood is the earliest Suffolk sighting by two weeks. Landseer Park   David Dowding
10 Mar 7 (Seven) Small Tortoiseshell on Eryssimum 'Bowle's Mauve' in our garden this afternoon. Martlesham Heath   Steve Goddard
10 Mar Single sightings of both Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell from the coastal footpath Shingle Street   Margie & David Carter
9 Mar Small Tortoiseshell - flying across the market place Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
8 Mar 2 Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock Bawdsey   Laurence Potter
8 Mar Peacock -  along the road from Barningham to Coney Weston at around 11.00hrs Barningham TL9577 John Light
8 Mar Peacock - in my Barningham garden at aound 12:00hrs and 15C in the shade Barningham TL9577 John Light
8 Mar The morning of Sunday 8th March was just as bright and warm as the forecast had promised.  I saw my first butterfly of 2015 in my Bury St Edmunds garden at 11am with a temperature of 17C; unseasonably warm for early March.  It was a Peacock, and it took a moment to dawn on me that it was probably the one that had spent the winter hibernating in our garage.  A quick check confirmed that it was no longer in the garage, where I had seen it just 48 hours earlier.  This was the very same insect that featured on p.10 of the Spring issue of Suffolk Argus. Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
8 Mar Brimstone Holywells Park   Susan Sidle
8 Mar Small Tortoiseshell at Rushmere Road Ipswich TM183452 Julie Harrison
8 Mar Brimstone at Holywells Park Ipswich   Julie Harrison
8 Mar A walk in Wherstead Wood today looking for White Admiral hibernaculum.  A couple were located.  Also seen on the edge of the wood were two Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock. Wherstead Wood   Kev Ling
8 Mar Midday sighting of a brimstone towards the bottom of Hervey Street Ipswich   Mark Arbon
8 Mar Brimstone Rendham   M J Deans
7 Mar Brimstone Rendham   M J Deans
7 Mar Brimstone Wickham Market TM302563 Kerry Reeve
7 Mar Peacock butterfly - sunning itself on a garden wall near Halesworth. = Halesworth   Tony Hopkins
7 Mar 4 Small Tortoiseshells Purdis Heath   Julian Dowding
7 Mar 2 Brimstone & 1 Small Tortoiseshell in sun-traps sheltered from the wind which got colder and stronger by mid-afternoon. North End Exning TL6066 Twm Wade
7 Mar Small Tortoiseshell on cowpasture allotments, sunning   TM298359 Brian Ranner
7 Mar Red Admiral Small Tortoiseshell x 2 Corton Woods   Jane Ferguson
7 Mar 2 Red Admirals NE Ipswich   Lynne Hall
7 Mar Small Tortoiseshell SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
7 Mar Saw our 1st Brimstone today (male) in our garden in Wortham near Diss. Wortham   Susan Sidle
6 Mar Small Tortoiseshell on Virburnham at Rushmere Road Ipswich TM183452 Julie Harrison
6 Mar I also saw a small tortoiseshell at Center Parcs today Center Parcs   Graham Hersey
6 Mar We had a Small Tortoiseshell in our garden today   TL881413 Martin Peers
6 Mar
We had a male Brimstone fluttering around the ivy in the garden today
    Julian Dowding
5 Mar Saw Small White at Martlesham Martlesham   Gi Grieco
4 Mar Red admiral nectaring on daphne and tree sap this afternoon in our garden, two miles north of Halesworth.  Perfect condition. Halesworth   Tony Hopkins
27 Feb Small Tortoiseshell Aldeburgh   Bill Stone
18 Feb Red Admiral seen in garden late morning Waldringfield   Peter Maddison
18 Feb I saw a Red Admiral this afternoon off Trafalgar Close Ipswich   Dave Basham
17 Feb I would like to report seeing a Red Admiral  on Virburnum Tinus at Rushmere Road Ipswich TM 183 452 Julie Harrison
17 Feb 2 Red Admirals at Purdis Heath today, one morning, the other afternoon. Neil had a Comma last week. Purdis Heath   Julian Dowding
15 Feb Red admiral home garden, sunning and on sarcococca flowers   TM302346 Brian Ranner
15 Feb Peacock settled in plants on saltings Orwell Shore TM200399 Brian Ranner
15 Feb A Peacock butterfly was flying over the rough grass area at 13.20hrs. It seemed to disappear into a group of broom. Alton Water TM1536 John Glazebrook
13 Feb Red Admiral in back garden Bredfield Road Woodbridge Woodbridge   Laurence Potter
27 Jan I had a Small Tortoiseshell in my garden this afternoon. Lowestoft TM522909 Bill Whybrow.
14 Jan Red Admiral flying in Elmswell IP30, 4 degrees but sunny   1:49 pm Elmswell   Peter Rutt
9 Jan Amazed to see a strongly coloured Red Admiral in my small garden at lunch time today.  Landed on my washing near an ivy covered fence.  Fluttered around for ages.  I live on Suffolk/Norfolk border about 6 miles inland. Worlingham   Helen Smith
2 Jan I would like to report the sighting of one Red Admiral  (photo click here) Bawdsey   Robert Brown
2 Jan We saw a Red Admiral near the boathouse at Holbrook Creek flying round an ivy hedge in the sunshine. Holbrook Creek   David & Margie Carter

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Photographs from 2015 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Red Admiral - Photo by Robert Brown

Scarce Tortoiseshell - Photo by Will Brame

Scarce Tortoiseshell - Photo by Will Brame
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